Pomeranz leaning toward college

One Collierville High graduate chose professional baseball when All-SEC shortstop Zack Cozart left Ole Miss a year early. However, another former Dragon appears to be closing in on becoming a Rebel while shunning a pro contract.

Drew Pomeranz was a 12th round selection by the Texas Rangers in this year's draft, but the heralded lefty is not worried about the pro ranks just yet. Pomeranz has his sights set on Oxford at the moment.

"I got drafted and it's great, but I'm not that worried about it," Pomeranz said. "I have a good future at Ole Miss. They have an awesome program so I'm not worried about the professional thing."

The Louisville Slugger All-American has stayed in contact with the Ole Miss coaching staff during the entire process but is also still being courted by the Rangers. Texas is following Pomeranz's play during summer ball and could come in with a larger offer later on. But for now, the southpaw is confident that he will be in Rebel red and blue.

"I was expecting to go earlier than I did (in the draft), but it is fine this way," Pomeranz said. "Ole Miss talked to me, and I can go three years there and then maybe be a really high pick. Plus, there is the whole college experience and hopefully a trip or two to Omaha. The Rangers are supposed to follow me, but I can do better after college."

There is experience with this situation in the family as Drew's brother Stuart went pro right out of high school after being selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of the 2003 draft.

"He (Stuart) still wishes he would have went to college," Pomeranz said. "He told me to go to school because he regrets missing out on the experience."

There are also Ole Miss ties as Drew's father Mike and uncle Pat both played baseball for the Rebels.

The three-pitch hurler features a low 90s fastball along with a 12-to-six curveball and a solid changeup. Pomeranz is currently playing with Dulin's Dodgers, a premier summer team based out of Tennessee.

"I know that I will have to work for a position, but I hope to start and become a top guy soon," Pomeranz said.

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